Google’s Fit Redesign Turns Activity Tracking Into a Game

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Google’s Fit Redesign Turns Activity Tracking Into a Game

To improve its official Android health and fitness app, Google has redesigned Fit from the ground up.

Google's trying to get you off the couch, by simplifying the look of its "Fit" app to measure just two things: how much you move, and how good that is for your heart.

Google Fit, while functional hasn't been quite on par with competitors since its launch. Speaking of those goals - there's a visible component to meeting them that includes closing activity-tracking rings, as users of Apple Watch are already familiar with. Move Minutes can be earned for all activity like taking the stairs or going for a walk.

If you want to keep an eye on your fitness or are just interested in checking out the new Google Fit keep an eye out for it landing this week or head over to the Google Fit website to join up.

The Google Fit app will have a journal view that will show you all of your activities, achievements and progress towards your goals across all of your apps.

The second element of the update is called Move Minutes, which will just record your active time. The update will roll out beginning this week to Google Fit and Wear OS.

Just like before, Google Fit will use the Global Positioning System and accelerometer on your device to track all of this physical activity, but it does still integrate with third-party apps and accessories if you're using other services to track things but still want to bring it back into Google Fit. More important, it will now prompt you to move more and sit less, and give you credit for activities that get your heart pumping faster. The app has also been upgraded with data on more than 120 other activities. The goal is to hit an amount of activity equivalent to at least 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week, in line with AHA and World Health Organization recommendations.

Fit will be available for all Android devices and any watch that has Google's Wear OS, such as those from Fossil, LG and Huawei.

As with the original version of Fit, the app will be able to draw data from other, more popular fitness apps such as the dieting app MyFitnessPal or running tracker Strava.

Heart Points are the more extreme of the two and will only generate during activity that gets your heart moving.

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